The Chicago Blackhawks flew out to Los Angeles on Monday, June 3, knowing that they haven't accomplished anything yet.
Sure, they lead the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, in their Western Conference Final after taking care of business at home in Chicago. Sure, for the most part, the Blackhawks played very solid hockey, outskating the Kings while weathering the physical play of L.A. and getting to Kings netminder Jonathan Quick early in Game 2.
Yet, winning a game in Los Angeles will be the primary focus of the Blackhawks as they look to make this series easier on themselves, and that's a tall order. The defending NHL champion Kings have yet to lose at home in the Staples Center this postseason, going 7-0.
Still, with all due respect to the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks, the Blackhawks are a different animal and are playing right now like they did in the regular season, when they started the year with an NHL-record 21-0-3 start.
Here are five keys that the Blackhawks will need to execute to build a 3-0 series lead on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.